By Dymond Alexis
Attorney, lecturer, contributing writer and professor Timothy Welbeck has various talents under his belt, hip-hop artist being one.
In his latest single, “May You Ever” off of his forthcoming album “No City For Young Men”, he seeks to affirm the beauty, dignity, brilliance, and accomplishments of black women. The moving single from artist Welbeck, is produced by Tone Jones.
As a professor, Timothy presently instructs Hip-Hop and Black Culture, and Mass Media and the Black Community in the Department of Africology and African American Department at Temple University along with The African American Experience and Political Subcultures in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Philadelphia University. His scholarly work focuses on contemporary African American culture, hip-hop as a microcosm of the African American experience, the intersection of race and the law, and contemporary issues of racial identity in America.
Welbeck has lectured and/or presented at symposiums, conferences, and institutions nationally and internationally, including: Magdalen College of Oxford University, Villanova University, University of California, Northridge, et al. Additionally, his work as an attorney and scholar has allowed him to contribute to various media outlets, such as the BBC Radio 4, The Philadelphia Inquirer, NPR, The Huffington Post, The International Business Times, 900 WURD AM, et al. He also contributes to The Huffington Post, in addition to several online and print publications that offer editorials, reviews and analysis of hip-hop culture. Furthermore, he is a hip-hop artist who has released two full length recordings, to critical acclaim, shared the stage with national and international acts (Janelle Monae, Jidenna, EPMD, Dead Prez, Immortal Technique, Canton Jones, Phanatik, et al), won songwriting contests (Session 1 Grand Prize in 2010 John Lennon Songwriting Contest), mentored other artists and otherwise actively engaged the culture for over a decade.
Standout lyrics: “May you ever, sojourn for the truth like Isabella/Be regal the way Michelle does/May you ever, raise up kings like Coretta/Be courageous like Harriet was … May you ever, break ground like Venus and Serena/Sing of freedom like Lena/May you ever, inspire like Septima/Bring the fire like Nina …”
Welbeck’s goal for “May You Ever” is to encourage women to continue into the remarkable example of these iconic women (mentioned above) and celebrate the often overlooked contributions of black women to society at large. Check out Timothy Welbeck’s visual for “May You Ever” and follow him on social media: @timothywelbeck.